I mentioned the SMART millage renewal in Report on the 2014 Clawson 4th of July parade.
I saw a truck promoting the SMART (suburban bus system) millage renewal, which will be on the ballot in August. I would gladly volunteer for that cause. However, when I asked if they had any candy, the answer was no. I told them that they didn't need me, but they would have my yes vote for the renewal.I'm not the only one who has that opinion. The Detroit Free Press wrote an Endorsement: Voting for SMART millage is the smart move.
On Aug. 5, voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties will be asked to approve a tax increase to support the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) bus system.I'm glad one of the major Detroit dailies agrees with me.
SMART is an integral piece of the regional transit system, and it’s been hard-hit by the decline in property values — and resulting loss of tax revenue, which accounts for about 35% of its budget. Its 590-vehicle fleet is outdated, and needs replacing. Because the system can’t operate with a deficit, if voters don’t approve the millage, operations will cease, SMART general manager John Hertel says.
We urge tri-county residents to vote YES on this millage.
Follow over the jump for the Free Press's endorsements of two other millages.